New Jersey Bar Exam Essays

Bar Exam Format

New Jersey administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which consists of three parts: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

The MEE consists of six 30-minute essays testing the following subjects: all MBE subjects (Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts), plus Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, and Partnerships), Conflicts of Law, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Secured Transactions, Trusts and Future Interests, and Wills and Decedents’ Estates.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test the following areas: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is designed to assess the examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Each examinee receives a “File” of source documents and a “Library” of cases, statutes, and rules. Each MPT question is designed to be answered within 90 minutes. It provides all necessary materials to answer the question and does not require the applicant to use any state-specific law.


Subjects Tested New Jersey has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam.

MEE Subjects

  • Agency
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts & Sales
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Future Interests
  • Wills and Decedents' Estates

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
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